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This fortnight’s topic from Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge is a perennial favorite of the altoholic:

Making a new character in WoW can be one of the most fun things to do; you get to pick a new appearance and maybe a new class and there’s the anticipation of going to see all the low leveling zones again.. but first you have to name your new toon.
How do you come up with character names?
Is there a particular naming convention you follow? Do you like your toon name to reflect on their class fantasy? Does their name set their personality for you? And most of all… do you ever get stuck just staring at that pick your name box???

My primary rule of naming my characters is that I name them as if they were real people.
Occasionally, I choose names that are deliberately punny, but the puns are relatively subtle.

My naming convention — all of my characters’ names begin with “K” and the names of characters who belong to the “one of each Class” set must also end with “a” — arose somewhat spontaneously. If I’m remembering the way things happened mostly correctly (and not as a tall tale), by coincidence, the names I chose for my first three or four characters all began with “K”, and it was after I noticed that I’d done that serendipitously that I decided to continue doing it deliberately.

I wrote about how I name my characters during the first year of this blog’s existence. The origins of most of my characters’ names are explained in that previous post, so I won’t go over them again in this one. The inspirations for those names came from the gamut of sources — and sometimes I did get stuck staring at the name box and hitting the “randomize” button until it generated something I thought I could change around a bit and live with.

A few of my characters’ names have shifted since they were originally created due to server transfers — Kjersti became Kjerstin, Karelia became Karaelia, Kiraleia the Blood Elf Paladin became Kyraleia the Dwarf Paladin.

When I changed the identity of my Human Mage to be an Alliance surrogate for my Blood Elf Mage (who sometimes wishes that she were still a High Elf), I gave her a new name that is essentially identical to my Blood Elf Mage’s name, just with a couple of the vowels shifted to “y”s: Kaelinda/Kaylynda.

I’ve created several new characters since I wrote that post nearly seven years ago, so I’ll tell you about how I came up with those characters’ names.

My Orc Shaman’s name was “Keshona”; when I created my Orc Mage and decided that the Mage was the Shaman’s mother, I named the mage “Kenosha”, a rearrangement of the consonants in the other name (and also a town in Wisconsin).

My Pandaren Mage is “Kaoling” because I wanted to name her “kaolin”, the word for the specific type of clay used to make Chinese porcelain, but that name was already taken.

I don’t remember exactly how I came up with “Khrissalys” for my Dwarf Mage, other than that I began with the “Kris” syllable and iterated the rest of the name until I was happy with the result, a combination of “Kris” and “Alice”. I like the way it sounds like “chrysalis”, too.

I renamed my Goblin Mage from “Kazuliza” to “Kermione” (a name I originally used for a Goblin Shaman) because I just couldn’t resist how perfect the portmanteau of “Kermit” and “Hermione” is for a Goblin Mage.

I still wanted to use “z” in a name, so then I ended up with “Kazithra”, a slightly sinister sounding name for a Grimtotem Shadow Priest. This character was originally a separate alt, but now exists as an alter-ego of my primary Priest.

At the same time that I created a secondary Tauren Priest alt, I also created a secondary Tauren Paladin alt. I named this character “Kishalla”; the “shall” syllable is inspired by the character Shallan in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. I later recycled the “Kishalla” name for, ironically, an Affliction/Demonology alter-ego for my Warlock.

Kamalia’s parents’ names, “Kehontah” and “Kawneiha”, come from playing with syllables and trying to come up with something that fit the Native American pastiche tone of Tauren culture.

My secondary Shaman, commonly known as “mini-Kam”, is formally “Kamalita” — literally “little Kamalia”.

The Underpowered Death Knight’s name started out as “Kaumalea”, which is deliberately, but obscurely, punny: “kau” is like “cow”, and “mal” is the Latin for “bad/evil”, thus, “bad cow”. Later, I changed the final syllable to “leia” because I wanted a Tauren with that ending syllable. When I draw the Underpowered Death Knight, I coil the long braids hairstyle that she uses in-game up into Princess Leia’s iconic cinnamon buns.

My Monk, Katewatha, got her name because I wanted to have a Tauren whose name shortened to “Kate” and because I wanted to use the letter “w” in another Tauren name. Searching for syllables that sounded okay together, the second half of her name ended up being the same as the name of BTH’s male Tauren Warrior who was my Druid’s leveling companion through level 80 (then BTH decided he didn’t enjoy Warriors and abandoned that alt).

My secondary Monk began her life as “Koralyra” (“coral” as a rearrangement of “carol”, plus “lyra”), a name I had previously invented for a short-lived Dwarf alt and liked enough to use again. Late in Warlords, I changed her name to “Kaobeka”, an anagram of “Akabeko” of Red Cow Rise. I’d actually already been using the name “Kaobeka” for a secondary Warrior alt, but I decided to delete that alt when the news of how specs would work in Legion came out. Besides, I thought that it was more fitting to name a Monk after Akabeko the Druid than a Warrior. When I recently decided to start using that secondary Warrior’s appearance as an alter-ego for Kregga, I retconned her name to “Kaobeqa” so as not to be an exact name-duplicate of Kaobeka the Monk (also, I wanted to use “q” in a name).

My most recent new character, the Demon Hunter, was originally going to reuse the “Koralyra” name. That didn’t quite feel right for her when I put it into the name box, though, so I shifted “lyra” to the “laira” that was the ending of my long-ago Blood Elf Death Knight’s name. Then it seemed better to shift “Kora” to “Kira”, the beginning of my long-ago Blood Elf Paladin’s name. “Kiralaira” felt much better for her both because it flows in a more Sin’dorei sort of way and because it recalls my two earlier characters.

Looking over the names I’ve chosen, they tend to reflect more on the racial identity of my characters than on their class identity. If I’m naming my characters as real people that makes sense — their racial identity has been part of them since they were born and their parents named them, whereas their class identity came to them later in their life.

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In Wrath, there were copper, silver, and gold coins, each bearing a wish — or just a statement — made by a lore figure, to be fished out of the fountain in Dalaran’s Eventide district. I spent quite a bit of time in late Wrath fishing them all up and cataloguing what they said.

When Dalaran returned as the hub city for Legion, I was glad to see that there was an all-new set of coins to be fished up. This time, Marcia Chase sells a series of lures that are each effective in fishing up a different subset of the coins.

Whether you’ve fished the coins yourself and want to remember what they all said or whether you want to know what they all say without going to the bother of fishing them, here’s a list of all the coins and the tidbits of lore they reveal. Some are serious, some are silly, some are sad.

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Copper Coins

One day, I hope to spread the path of the Light to the common people and teach them the value of the Three Virtues. — Alonsus Faol

I wish for happiness and acceptance for my daughter. She feels so out of place here… — Ansirem

Can I have a more comfortable saddle? My hindquarters ache. — Attumen

I hope a troll dies, right… NOW. — Danath

I wish that jerk Arthas would fall into a pile of magnataur doody! — Dornaa (whose coin is Shiny)

May Tirion’s quest here in Northrend end with success, or may he die honorably in battle. — Eitrigg

Being a rogue is hard work. Someday I hope to puruse my life’s one true passion… — Elling Trias

I hope I end up in another book eventually. — Falstad Wildhammer

Fah, the foundtains in Gilneas could grant ten times as many wishes as Dalaran’s! — Genn

I wish I had my father back… — Inigo

My prayers go out to my brothers and sisters who still suffer in the heart of Grim Batol. I will free them. — Krasus

Boom. Now boom? I wish for boom. Boom go! This coin must be broken. I wonder if it’ll explode. — Kryll

I wish I’d kept that coin. — Landro Longshot

Just once — that’s all I ask for, just once — let the lass ride with me… — Molok

I wish the water in Northrend wasn’t so cold. It makes me sleepy. — Murky

I hope that handsome nobleman Lord Prestor notices me. He’s so dreamy! — Princess Calia Menethil

I wish to grow a glorious bushy mustache someday. — Private Marcus Jonathan

Someday, I’m gonna be more powerful than all of these mages! — Salandria (whose coin is Shiny)

I hope I get transferred out of Stormwind eventually and see Cersei again. Nothing good ever happens in this city. — Squire Rowe

You mages refuse to provide me that which hastens the inevitable fate of two people in love, when only one is too naive to see it. I wish you all ruin. — Stalvan

Asto’re da shan’re. Turus Fulo Il’amare. A’Talah Adore. Isera’duna… — Vareesa

I wish Captain Sanders would hurry up with my shipment of wine. — Vargoth

Wish I had that cousin of mine’s duty to do nothing more than lug wood around carelessly… — A Footman

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Silver Coins

I really wish you mages would get your heads out from inside your own… books. — Aegwynn

May my sisters realize their full potential, the name of Windrunner known as result of their deeds. — Alleria

Grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. — Antonidas

Oh, why won’t you notice me? Abbendis, I would follow you anywhere. I wish you would notice me… — Arcanist Doan

The War of the Shifting Sands… I wish I could forget it ever happened. — Fandral Staghelm

How does this fountain even work? I wonder if I could make one. — High Tinker Mekkatorque

Turalyon and Alleria, wherever you are, may you be well. — Khadgar

I hope young Kael’thas realizes that one day he must lead our people. — King Anasterian Sunstrider

May my son Arthas always act in the best interest of his people. — King Terenas Menethil

I wish the uprising back at home would settle itself soon. I wouldn’t want anyone to be hurt. — King Varian Wrynn

Where’s Illidan? — Maeiv Shadowsong

(You sense the ringing of three tones in your head, the third barely audible under the others’ din.) — Medivh

May the Holy Light protect us on our expedition to the frozen north. — Muradin Bronzebeard

I hope that my father and brothers outlive me. I’ll not make much of a king. — Prince Magni Bronzebeard

I’m so forgetful! I wish I had a better memory. Wait, didn’t I already throw a coin into here? — A Peasant

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Gold Coins

I wish I would grow up. It feels like I’ve been 10 for years. — Anduin Wrynn

I wish to know how you survived my wrath, little fountain. — Archimonde

Already, I’ve had a kingdom in my prospects, a land to rule. What’s to ask for? Perhaps a frozen scone… — Arthas

I wish someday to retire to my own tidy little estate, with a bunch of pet dogs to keep me company. — Arugal

Brann Bronzebeard was here. — Brann Bronzebeard

Just once, I wish someone would greet me without making a stupid joke about gnomes or time travel. — Chromie

Sometimes… I wish someone would come along and just give me a big long hug. — Kel’Thuzad

Arthas, my love, please come back to me. — Lady Jaina Proudmoore

Listen, little wishing fountain. You’ll give me all your power if you know what is good for you. — Lady Katrana Prestor

That young apprentice Jaina is quite attractive for a human. I hope she recognizes my elegance and power. — Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider

I hope my sisters and I can grow up and get married together. — Sylvanas Windrunner (this coin appears to be very old)

Wishes are a fool’s pasttime. Take this coin as payment for your precious Eye. — Teron

Grom, may you rest well, old friend. — Thrall

It is my wish that my dear Taelan will grow strong enough to defend the people he cares for. — Tirion Fordring

Young Arthas must learn patience to temper his power. I will pray that he one day learns to lead with care rather than force. — Uther Lightbringer

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Copper Coins

Come on, move that shell, Zoom! Just like we practiced! — Boomboom Brullingsworth

I wish I were a little bit taller. — Daglop’s Infernal Copper Coin

May the downtrodden one day rise up and take the place of those that would oppress them. — First Arcanist Thalyssra

Golk wish Golk could fit out of this cave. — Golk the Rumble

I just want all worlds to burn. — Gul’dan

Ughh.. this meat is so dry. I wish I had some gravy. — Havi

If found, please return this coin to me… in person. — Helya

An end to the Burning Legion. — Illidan

My wish is to never run out of newly-discovered continents to explore. — Li Li

What is nature’s call? I actually do wish someone would finally tell me what “nature’s call” is. — Lunara

What the ookin’ jeek? What kind o’ mank-dookin’ wicket-lover throws away perfectly good coin?! — Ooker’s Dookat

I kinda wish I was a worgen. Wouldn’t that be the coolest? — Penelope Heathrow’s Allowance

I wish I had some mana right… now! NOW! Now. — Runas’ Last Copper

I hate everything. Everything is horrible. — Torok Bloodtotem

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Silver Coins

Ooh, ooh! I hope I get to shoot a really cool gun! BLAM! — Addie Fizzlebog

Fish do not have souls. This is pointless. — Allari the Souleater

Think for yourself. — Altruis the Sufferer

I wish I was stronger. — Cyana Nightglaive

I remember when Suramar was beautiful and tranquil… before Azshara and her Highborne ruined everything. Wishes will buy you nothing except regret. — Falara Nightsong

These magi allowed me to land here. While most do nothing but eye you with suspicion and contempt, or worse, some still see past the surface. My wish is for all of us to work together and recognize our true enemy: the Burning Legion. — Izal Whitemoon

In my previous life, I would have love to have lived in this floating marvel. I would have spent the days fishing in this magic fountain in between practicing the arcane arts. Those days are long gone. — Jace Darkweaver

Srong leadership and a clear vision are the only path to victory. — Kayn Sunfury

I don’t have the luxury of fishing and wishing. There are demons to kill. — Kor’vas Bloodthorn

Dark Lady watch over this fountain. — Nathanos Blightcaller

Oh, to have an apprentice that could keep up with me! — Occuleth’s Vanishing Coin

Please, protect my grandfather. — Stellagosa

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Gold Coins

Keep your wishes for yourself. I do not negotiate with fountains. — Advisor Vandros

A single shared goal does not erase the atrocities committed by the Forsaken. — Genn Greymane

May the Light bathe this land in all its glory. — Lady Liadrin

I wish my father were alive, to help guide us through these difficult times. — Ly’leth Lunastre’s Family Crest

I wish to protect my people from the vile outsiders that wish to harm them. Whatever it takes. — Magistrix Elisande

The adventure has been formidable, but I am far from my Moa’ki. I wish to soon see home. — Okuna Longtusk’s Doubloon

May they someday understand why I did what I did. — Prince Farondis’s Royal Seal

Soon you will ALL feel my wrath!!! — Queen Azshara’s Royal Seal

Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. — The Coin

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Unusual Coins

The wishing module is busy at this time. Please try again later. (Error 37) — Blingtron’s Botcoin (this coin looks like the Gearspring parts from Draenor Engineering)

Hmm… no coins. I wonder if this will suffice? — Elothir’s Golden Leaf (this coin looks like a heart-shaped yellow leaf)

Yes! This way I can get my wish AND keep my coin. Hah! On no, the string broke! Stupid fountain, give me my coin back… — Gallywix’s Coin-on-a-String (this coin looks like a group of three copper coins)

Strength. Glory. Power. — God-King Skovald’s Fel-Tainted Coin (this coin looks like a bloodstained version of the Blackwing Lair attunement medallion)

I wish my son would hurry up and have kids already! Also, I want to shoot a moose. — Hemet Nesingwary’s Bullet (this coin looks like a bullet)

Give my troops the strength to overcome the trials of this land. — Jarod Shadowsong (this coin looks like the Coin of Ancestry given by the Elders during the Lunar Festival)

Some days, I think the murlocs don’t appreciate everything I do for them. — King Mrgl-Mrgl (this coin looks like the Coin of Ancestry given by the Elders during the Lunar Festival)

I suppose I might fancy a smackerel of honey. — Koda’s Sigil (this coin looks like a stone with a glowing orange paw print on it)

Perhaps if we curb these endless tides of demons, then some color may return to the world. — Kur’talos Ravencrest’s Spectral Coin (this coin looks like the Coin of Ancestry given by the Elders during the Lunar Festival)

Were we too late to stop the Nightmare? — Malfurion (this coin looks like the Coin of Ancestry given by the Elders during the Lunar Festival)

Mrr glrrgl mrr glrrgl glrr. — Murky (this coin looks like a scallop shell)

Gloooglrr mrm. — Pearlhunter Phin (this Soggy coin looks like a mussel shell)

Fooled ya, ya dumb fountain. — Rax Sixtrigger’s Gold-Painted Copper Coin

I give my thanks to the Cenarion Circle. May the mortal druids continue to prove themselves worth of my father’s name. — Remulos’ Sigil (this coin looks like one of the Sigils of Knowledge/Power that Wrathion collected during the Legendary cloak questline)

Please, help my granddaughter lighten up a bit. — Senegos’ Ancient Coin (this coin looks like a Relic of the Thunder King from Pandaria)

Good heavens, is this a wishing well? How quaint. — Sir Finley Mrrgglton (this coin looks like a conical seashell)

For all the brothers and sisters I’ve lost. — Spiritwalker Ebonhorn (this coin looks like the medallion from the long-gone Blackwing Lair attunement questline)

Me want find candlequeen! Hmm… maybe Jackie interested? Me give her candle, see what happens from there. — The Candleking’s Candlecoin (this coin looks like a melted white candle)

That I might protect those I hold dear, and continue to reflect the grace and light of Elune. — Tyrande (this coin looks like the Coin of Ancestry given by the Elders during the Lunar Festival)

Talking to adventurers is so tiring… a few decades of peace is all I ask… — Vydhar’s Wooden Nickel (this coin looks like a round wooden shield)

I want more kitties. — Yowlon’s Mark (this coin looks like a stone with a glowing orange paw print on it)

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These are the coins that I caught with each type of lure. It’s not an exhaustive list, however, as I only fished until I got the achievement.

Hypermagnetic Lure: Azshara, Blingtron, Boomboom, Cyana, Daglop, Ebonhorn, Elothir, Farondis, Gallywix, Havi, Helya, Kayn, Koda, Kur’talos, Liadrin, Li Li, Ly’leth, Murky, Nathanos, Nesingwary, Occuleth, Okuna, Ooker, Penelope, Phin, Rax, Remulos, Runas, Sir Finley, Skovald, Thalyssra, Torok, Vandros, Vydhar, Yowlon

Auriphagic Sardine: Allari, Blingtron, Boomboom, Candleking, Cyana, Elothir, Gallywix, Genn, Golk, Gul’dan, Illidan, Izal, Jace, Kor’vas, Liadrin, Li Li, Lunara, Ly’leth, Mrgl-Mrgl, Murky, Nathanos, Ooker, Penelope, Phin, Remulos, Torok, Tyrande, Vydhar

Glob of Really Sticky Glue: Addie, Allari, Azshara, Blingtron, Candleking, Daglop, Elisande, Farondis, Golk, Gul’dan, Havi, Helya, Jace, Jarod, Kayn, Koda, Kor’vas, Li Li, Lunara, Malfurion, Mrgl-Mrgl, Ooker, Rax, Remulos, Runas, The Coin, Torok, Vydhar

Micro-Vortex Generator: Addie, Altruis, Azshara, Boomboom, Candleking, Cyana, Ebonhorn, Elisande, Genn, Golk, Gul’dan, Havi, Illidan, Jace, Jarod, Kayn, Koda, Kor’vas, Li Li, Lunara, Ly’leth, Malfurion, Occuleth, Ooker, Penelope, Remulos, Runas, Sir Finley, Skovald, Stellagosa, Thalyssra, The Coin, Vandros

Wish Crystal: Allari, Candleking, Cyana, Ebonhorn, Elothir, Gallywix, Genn, Golk, Gul’dan, Havi, Illidan, Izal, Kayn, Koda, Li Li, Ly’leth, Malfurion, Nathanos, Occuleth, Penelope, Phin, Rax, Remulos, Senegos, Sir Finley, Skovald, Thalyssra, Yowlon

Alchemical Bonding Agent: Addie, Allari, Azshara, Blingtron, Boomboom, Daglop, Ebonhorn, Elothir, Golk, Gul’dan, Jace, Li Li, Lunara, Ly’leth, Mrgl-Mrgl, Occuleth, Ooker, Phin, Rax, Remulos, Runas, Senegos, Sir Finley, Thalyssra, The Coin, Torok, Tyrande, Vandros, Vydhar

Starfish on a String: Addie, Allari, Altruis, Blingtron, Boomboom, Candleking, Cyana, Daglop, Ebonhorn, Elisande, Falara, Farondis, Gallywix, Golk, Gul’dan, Havi, Helya, Izal, Jace, Koda, Murky, Nathanos, Occuleth, Penelope, Phin, Runas, Senegos, Sir Finley, Thalyssra, The Coin, Torok, Tyrande, Vydhar, Yowlon

Tiny Little Grabbing Apparatus: Addie, Daglop, Ebonhorn, Elothir, Farondis, Genn, Helya, Illidan, Izal, Jace, Kayn, Koda, Kor’vas, Kur’talos, Li Li, Ly’leth, Malfurion, Ooker, Phin, Rax, Runas, Senegos, Sir Finley, Skovald, Thalyssra, The Coin, Torok

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Blingtron 5K finally coughed up the last encoded message after I-don’t-know how many duplicates (I didn’t save them). Now my Engineer can move on to leveling her Legion engineering and learn how to make Blingtron 6K.

Meanwhile, the mog farming continues. I am managing to cross items and raids/dungeons to be run off my list. I am starting to get kind of tired of doing nothing but mog farming, though.

Thus, I have been thinking about taking Kamalia down to the Broken Shore and starting to work on gaining Legionfall reputation, so that I can have flying as soon as my Mage gets through Suramar, and also so that I can see what’s up with getting Magatha Grimtotem as a Shaman Order Hall champion. Despite — or perhaps because of — Magatha’s betrayal of Cairne and attack on Bloodhoof Village and Thunder Bluff, Kamalia would prefer to have Magatha and the Doomstone close to hand so that she can keep an eye on them — she was very unsettled by Kaohana’s report of events in Thousand Needles immediately following the Shattering and has remained uneasy not knowing where Magatha and the Doomstone are.

I have also been thinking about just going out and doing Troll Archaeology until I get that blasted Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds. I have a Mog idea, maybe two, that I’d like to use it for. I guess it would be more productive to do Broken Isles/Draenor/Pandaria Archaeology and turn in crated artifacts for Troll fragments instead, though, so that I could work on my Pristines collections at the same time.

And I have been thinking that I ought to go through all my alts and work on their Professions until they reach the (first) point at which they have to go run a dungeon or two. Then I will be able to get the most efficient use out of the dungeon running I will have to do for their Order Hall campaigns.

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Not being all that keen on being a Stormwind Guard or an Orgrimmar Grunt for a day, I was going to give this micro-holiday a pass until I read that the transformation worked for guards in all of the major cities.

It’s part of my Warrior’s RP story that she spent several years serving first as a Bluffwatcher,

then as one of Cairne’s Honor Guards.

So on this day of acknowledging the service of the city guards, it was natural that she’d want to return to Thunder Bluff and assist the Bluffwatchers.

I was surprised that the first City Attacker that appeared after I got the guard transformation was a male Troll in Dragonstalker gear.

Why would a Horde person be attacking a Horde city? I had expected the City Attackers to be enemy NPC races such as centaurs, harpies, troggs, naga, or mogu.

Soon, I saw that there was a group of transformed players standing around near the inn, and that City Attackers were rapidly spawning near them.

I joined the group and fought until I reached the commendation for 50 kills… but by then I was already getting kind of bored of the activity.

I observed that all of the City Attackers were player races wearing T2 armor. As well as the male Troll Hunter, I saw a female Undead Priest, a female Human Mage, a female Draenei Shaman, a female Tauren Druid, a male Blood Elf Paladin, a male Orc Warrior, a male Goblin Rogue, a male Tauren Death Knight, and a Gnome Warlock that I didn’t get a close enough look at to determine if it was male or female. After I’d thought on it for awhile, I concluded that this choice of appearances for the City Attackers was meant to emulate fighting off a PvP raid on the city — though it still seemed very strange to me that my Horde city should have Horde attackers. I think it would have made more sense for there to have been two groups of City Attackers — a Horde group that would only spawn in Alliance cities, and an Alliance group that would only spawn in Horde cities.

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After collecting all of the Artifact weapons, my next goals were to recover a Pillar of Creation and to do the Order Hall Campaign chapter that opens up at level 103.

I’m grateful that the devs put at least one of the Pillars of Creation outside the end-of-zone dungeon… but it still took awhile to decide to run Val’sharah a dozen times.

My Druid went through Val’sharah with the sound on and watching all the cutscenes completely, of course. Most of the rest of them, however, did it with the sound off — I got tired of listening to Malfurion and Tyrande wail at each other pretty quickly — and skipping the cutscenes. Nevertheless, most, if not all of them have screenshots of the moment where Tyrande asks “Have you ever loved as I have?” because it has given me something to think about for their RP backstories.

By about the third time, I’d figured out which areas were entirely side-quests. By the fourth or fifth time, I’d figured out which bonus objectives were easily completed in the course of doing the main quest in the area, and which ones I should just skip in the interest of getting to the end as soon as possible. By the sixth time, I’d streamlined my route through each area. By the seventh time, it occurred to me that the repeated appearances and taunting of the Shade of Xavius throughout the zone were very much like the repeated appearances and taunting of the Lich King throughout leveling in Northrend. By the eighth time, I was asking myself why the Druids, etc, in the zone hadn’t already noticed the creeping corruption of the Nightmare.

I came to the conclusion that what the player is supposed to experience — especially if they do the three Archdruids in the order Elothir, Koda, Thaon, which I think must be the intended order — is the sudden eruption of the Nightmare from out of Shaladrassil — the thoroughly corrupted areas having been overcome as swiftly as Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The player comes to the Grove of Cenarius for the first time just as the Nightmare is beginning to spill forth from underneath Shaladrassil. As the player goes deeper and deeper into Val’sharah, the Nightmare has had longer to take over, but it still hasn’t been very long — a matter of hours or days at the most — before the player arrives on the scene. With the help of the player, the NPCs halt the Nightmare at its leading edge, preventing the places that were only relatively lightly touched by the Nightmare from becoming any more corrupted.

One of these days I’ll have to run my Druid through Emerald Nightmare LFR and find out what happens next.

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At last, the final two of the thirty-six Class & Specialization specific Artifact Weapons are mine.

The Holy Paladin quest took me once again to Tyr’s Fall in the Whispering Forest of Tirisfal Glades. With the big bad of the other two questlines not there at all and a different big bad for this questline, it is clear that the sequence of events there was Arms Warrior, Shadow Priest, Holy Paladin. So what were the secret Paladins doing while the Arms Warriors and Shadow Priests were poking around there? Going to Dalaran to get help, I guess.

I’m pretty rusty with Paladin healing, and that combined with the changes to the class mechanics meant that my party wiped on our first attempt at the final boss. I might have to re-evaluate my talent choices for that spec before I try to take it into a dungeon.

As expected, the Retribution Paladin quest went back to the Broken Shore.

I won’t spoil what happens, other than to say that it appears to me that even though I collected the Paladin Artifacts in the order Protection, Holy, Retribution, the canonical order in which the Highlord acquired the Artifacts seems to have been Ashbringer first, then the other two. The Ashbringer questline segues most directly into the post-acquisition-of-first-Artifact event at the Order Hall, and the Highlord going to get the Ashbringer first would give the Battlelord time to be first to Shield’s Rest and the Battlelord and the High Priest time to have their own adventures at Tyr’s Fall before the Highlord gets there.

I do still have to acquire the Underlight Angler before my Artifact collection will be 100% complete, but I’ve got a lot of fishing left to do to get it, and spending my playtime doing nothing but fishing is usually an activity I reserve for when I want to play WoW on Sunday.

Now that I’ve completed this Alt Progression goal, the next two Alt Progression objectives are to complete a zone and get its Pillar of Creation and to level to 103 and complete the chapter of the Order Hall Campaign that opens up at that level. Because they’ve all already done the Falling Star questline, doing these two things will complete unlocking all the tints for the default appearances of the Artifact Weapons.

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After everyone had collected the Falling Star, it was my Priest’s turn to go get her other Artifacts.

The Holy quest took me once again to Niskara, though it started at the other end of the zone than the Marks Hunter and Blood Death Knight quests did. I haven’t been able to figure out what order these three questlines might have canonically occurred in, because even though they all went to or through the same central area of the zone, I didn’t notice in any of the questlines any obvious evidence of the events of the other two.

After failing the first boss fight of the scenario due to trying to do it without the aid of my addons, I set up Clique for my Holy spec and then it was smooth sailing. I had been worried that I would get errors due to having a Disc spell and a Holy spell on the same clickbind; fortunately, that didn’t seem to be happening.

The most surprising thing to me about the Holy questline was having the Demon Hunter Jace show up (to be the melee DPS for the party; we also rescued a Troll Mage to be the ranged DPS). It did make for some interesting banter between the party members, though!

After Alonsus Faol initially presented to Kaohana the three Artifact weapon choices, she made an agreement with Kazithra that the older woman would be the one to collect the Shadow Artifact.

Grimtotem Shadowtwister

Mantle of the Tribunal, Highborne Padded Armor, Ranger’s Sash, Colorful Kilt, Vonica’s Gauntlets, Staff of the Four Golden Coins/Tarnished Gutgore Ripper + Aboriginal Rod
This outfit for the ex-Grimtotem Shadow Priest Kazithra is inspired by that of the Grimtotem Geomancers, who are wearing the same chestpiece with the leather Mystic Sarong.
The Aboriginal Rod is one of a small selection of off-hand items that look like staves, thus allowing a caster to emulate Gandalf’s sword/dagger + staff combat mode.

The Shadow Priest quest went to Tyr’s Fall, the same place where the Arms Warrior quest went. My best guess is that canonically the Warrior was there first. When the Warrior goes there, the big boss appears to be dead, then wakes up when the Warrior tries to take Strom’kar and has to be beaten down, and is then executed with Strom’kar. And then the body just lies there, and doesn’t despawn or anything. When the Priest goes there, the big boss is not just already dead, it doesn’t even make a peep when the Priest stabs it with Xal’atah to drain its essence — it just dissolves into void and disappears.

I still don’t think that “Tauren” and “Shadow Priest” go together very well.

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